Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is set to step down from the No. 2 leadership role in the Pentagon when his two-year term runs out next year, USNI News has learned. Gen. John Hyten, who took on the job in November 2019, plans to step down from the position without seeking a renomination for a second two-year term for the job, three U.S. officials confirmed to USNI News.
Any move to accelerate withdrawals would set up a clash with the nation’s top generals and other civilians.
“We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” Amb. Jim Jeffrey said in an interview. The actual number of troops in northeast Syria is “a lot more than” the roughly two hundred troops President Donald J. Trump initially agreed to leave there in 2019.
The U.S. military flew Bahrain’s terminally ill prime minister to America for hospital care two months before his death, the State Department acknowledged Nov. 13, underlining the importance of the island kingdom.
Airmen and space professionals can now apply for a course that will teach fundamental skills necessary to become a rated officer—and perhaps pave the way to becoming a pilot. And for the first time, the Air Force is now allowing enlisted applicants to also apply for its Rated Preparatory Program.
The U.S. Army is working to convert Navy missiles into land-based mid-range weapons that complement its short-range rockets and long-range hypersonic missiles. If experiments prove out, the new missiles and their launchers will be added to the Army’s connect-everything network so that soldiers can fire them remotely or in concert with other batteries.
“These actions are part of the Army’s force realignment initiative, which involves the conversion of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery and realignment of resources from the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School,” a Nov. 13 Army press release states. “The stationing will be completed by Nov. 16, 2020, and will result in an additional 26 personnel stationed at Ft. Bliss.”
Space Development Agency Director Derek M. Tournear joins Aviation Week editors to discuss how its system of space tracking and transport satellites will revolutionize the U.S. military and the challenges it will face along the way.
Pentagon officials highlighted the potential of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning for automating the decision-making process at the tactical edge.
Unlike a long car ride, there are no rest stops to stretch and get a Big Mac. So how do you stay alert, comfortable, and healthy while flying a multi-million dollar jet armed with explodey bits? And when the bullets start flying, how do you deal with the strain of G-force? F-35 instructor pilot Maj. Justin “Hasard” Lee took the time to tell Task & Purpose about the human side of flying a high-performance aircraft.